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Sep 12, 2010 10:30am EDT
by -- >>> welcome. it's good to have you with us. as the country observes the ninth anniversary of the september 11th terrorist attacks, there's been an extraordinary national conversation about the challenges of religious diversity and the boundaries of tolerance. there were protests and condemnations from around the world over a small independent florida church's threatened plan to burn the koran. secretary of state hillary clinton called the plan disrespectful and disgraceful. and general david petraeus, the top u.s. and nato commander in afghanistan and defense secretary robert gates said the act could endanger american troops. the debate came on top of another controversy over plans to build an islamic cultural center near the site of ground zero in new york. at a news conference on friday, president obama called for religious tolerance. >> we have to make sure that we don't start turning on each other, and i will do everything that i can as long as i'm president of the united states to remind the american people that we are one nation under god and we may call that god different names. but we
WETA
Sep 12, 2010 9:00am EDT
, there is a bogyman around washington. european style socialism, and it is coming to get us. there are a lot of people who say you want european-style socialism, which causes me to wonder and tremble -- it is it going to be like england? germany? france? the most insidious thing is to build europe's government system and to some big threat to the united states. 27 nations in the european union alone is like any other part of the world. some things are better than others, some work better than others. some things are a threat to the way we do things here if we were to adopt them, and there is not much chance of that. they would feel the way we do things a threat to the way they do things. the differences -- rather than being in a bunker worrying about the dreadful socialism coming across the atlantic, we should really just look and see what works better and incorporate it. we always have done, even the language we speak here, coming from over there. actually, two languages spoken here come from over there. let's take a look at other countries, let's see what works, and improve them if necessary. we do
WETA
Sep 12, 2010 9:30am EDT
hirsi ali wrote a book about why she left islam. >> i would never use the expression anti-islamic sentiment. i think it's more precise to distinguish between political islam on the one hand and religious islam and spiritual islam. and i have seen, yes, a growing knowledge on political islam, a growing interest in political islam, and a growing condemnation of political islam by more and more americans. i find both american men and women audiences that i speak condemn practices in the name of islam against women, the forced veiling of women, forced marriages of women, the guardian principle. there have been some eye-catching stories, for instance the 18-year old yemeni girl who was married off to an 80-year old man and who managed to escape that. so there is condemnation of these practices and there is condemnation of honor killings, condemnation of female genital mutilation. that is not a command in the koran, but in some obscure hadith, but practiced widely in muslim countries and among muslim immigrants to the u.s. >> so, does the thing that ms. a alreadyi mention done a
WETA
Sep 12, 2010 10:00am EDT
the pilot comes on and says can i have the chief flight attendant up front, please? set the scene for us. >> i had just sold my company and mail lot of money as a young man and was hustling to meeting. i was totally ill-prepared for what the next couple hours would hold for me. in my book i call it their reckoning. we all have reckoning. small, medium, large. this was very sobering because if all the things i had been programmed for like success, i was not prepared for a life altering, facing-death experience. it's really changed my life. >> when you are in that situation -- i have never been on an airplane as much as you -- are they giving you instructions? is there panic on everyone's face, including yours? >> the pilot did a remarkable job. it is nothing like what is on movies or television. basically, we ended up losing the landing gear and some of the flaps, according to what the pilot computer said. they have a list of things they do. for the passengers, they moved the passengers around. they take all the stuff out of the overhead compartments. the most sobering thing is that they
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